Swap-bot Time: October 30, 2020 6:30 am


Date Joined: September 13, 2016
Last Online: September 25, 2020

Country: Germany


If you read only the bold printed text it kind of summarises the profile. You find all information you may need for a swap within/shortly after the bold printed text. You don't need to read the rest :) However, if you're - like me - interested in the details, the not bold printed part gives you more detailed information about everything.

Hello everyone! :)

I'm from Germany and I got to know this website via postcrossing. As I love sending and receiving snail mail, this seems to be an interesting website, so I created an account :)
I'm a university student and in my free time I like to read, send postcards, cook, eat, sew, ... . I might not have time for many swaps, but I'll join some from time to time.

If you think something I sent, got lost in the mail, please message me, then I can resend it soon :)

I click "sent" here on swap-bot when I have put everything in the mailbox/brought it to the post office/clicked "send" in an email.

Thank you to you all, I love swapping here!

What I like

A ~ Animals, ASP (music band), Astronomy, Audio/Radio plays

B ~ Books, Ballet, Brazilian food (especially Brigadeiro, a Brazilian chocolate candy), Bonobos

C ~ Chinese food, Chocolate, Chimpanzees, Cnidaria, Clean Space (project by ESA against space debris)

D ~ Dogs, Doctor Who, DLR(=German Aerospace Center), Details

E ~ Eating, Eschbach (German author), Europa (Moon of Jupiter), ESA(=European Space Agency)

F ~ Flying, Fairy Tales, Food

G ~ Gorillas, Getting to know other cultures, Guinea pigs

H ~ Harry Potter Books

I ~ Ice and snow, Insects (especially bees, ants, wasps, colourful insects)

J ~ Jokes, Jupiter (planet)

K ~ Kookaburra, Kaninchen (German for rabbit)

L ~ Languages, Letters, everything that Lives (or almost does like a virus)

M ~ Mars (planet), Mercury (planet), Microbiology, Maths, Mice

N ~ Neptun (Planet), NASA

O ~ Ocean, Orangutan

P ~ Planets (and their interesting moons), Postcards, Pigs, Physics, Plants, Politics

Q ~ Quokkas

R ~ Reading, Ravens (and corvids)

S ~ Sea, Sewing, Saturn (planet), Sherlock Holmes, Space agencies, Sunny weather, Sims (4)

T ~ Tea, Titan (Moon of Saturn)

U ~ Uranus (planet)

V ~ Venus (planet), Vampires

W ~ Writing

X ~

Y ~ Yoga

Z ~

There is hardly anything I dislike maybe except for cruelty/intolerance/discrimination/hatred/violence, peas and spiders (because of arachnophobia, I still find they are interesting creatures and like reading about them :) and unusual spiders as postcards are ok)

Favorite Books

Too many to make a complete list with the book titles, as I'm a bookworm

Kind of books that I like:

~ non-fiction books about social, science, nature, animal, history topics

~ science fiction books! Especially those that don't invent too much futuristic technology, but more realistic ones

~ crime fiction (if not too violent and with interesting/unusual plots/twists)

~ historical, rather realistic, novels

~ interesting plots/unusual stories/interesting biographies

~ fairy tales from all over the world and fantasy books

However, I also read other books when they interest me :) The more details and pages the book has, the better.

Some of my all time favourite novels:

  • "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  • "The Physicists" and "The Visit" by Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt
  • "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
  • "The Martian" by Andy Weir
  • "Every Day" by David Levithan
  • "The Physician" by Noah Gordon
  • "Der Schwarm" (The Swarm) by Frank Sch├Ątzing
  • Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • all books by Andreas Eschbach (science fiction novels, near future, rather realistic)
  • many books by Agatha Christie
  • many books by Jodi Picoult
  • many books by Sebastian Fitzek
  • some books by Robin Cook
  • some books by Michael Crichton
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud
  • Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
  • Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

I created a goodreads account now, so there you can find which books I read/liked :) However, I haven't added most crime fiction books, they always seem to be kind of similar to me, so I find it hard to remember which I have read and which I haven't :D I have for example read several books by Lee Child, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Joy Fielding, Mary Higgins-Clark, Mo Hayder, John Grisham, James Patterson, Simon Beckett, John Katzenbach,... and while I usually I find all of them entertaining/nice, usually not good enough to memorize them well.

I always love book recommendations or your opinion about a book you read! :) I absolutely don't mind spoilers for long enough books, the opposite :D Spoilers usually increase my interest in a book (except for very short stories under 100 pages and some crime novels/thriller). Sometimes I read the wikipedia plot summary of a book before reading it, to not be disturbed by the suspense and the general plot, so that I can enjoy all the details.

Favorite Music

In general I prefer listening to radio dramas than to music :)

From time to time I also listen to music though, especially Irish music, middle age music, rock music, metal (especially symphonic and similar), classic music.

Bands I sometimes like to listen to are for example: ASP, die Ärzte, Nightwish, Dark Sarah, Saltatio Mortis, Corvus Corax, Subway to Sally.

FavoriteMovies/TV series

I don't watch movies/tv series very often, I prefer reading, but I like comedies, science fiction, some dramas, historical movies, documentaries, ...

Examples: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, The Martian, Crash, Eureka, Sherlock, Dr. Who, Fringe, Lucifer, Miranda, Vampire Diaries, Wuthering Heights (1992), Czech fairy tale movies, Der Tatortreiniger, About a Boy, Orphan, Coraline, Cidade de Deus, ... and I have started to watch Star Trek, so far I like it.

Favorite Crafts

I love to write and send postcards and decorate them :) I like washi tape, stickers and choosing nice stamps.
I also like to sew. I like to crochet, but I just started doing that.

Postcard Preferences

I always like to receive postcards, even those that have a picture side I don't enjoy much, because I just love mail with notes on it.

For me the most important part of a postcard is your text: I like anything that's more than just "Greetings from..." or more than one sentence. I love lots of text! :)

Don't worry too much about the picture on the front side of the postcard, really anything is quite ok to me, but if you have a variety of postcards to choose from anyway/easy access to postcard shops, here are the types of postcards I especially like:

  • animals, rather wild (maybe from where you live?) than pets, but I like cute pet postcards too (most dogs, mice and guinea pigs :) )

  • tourist postcards, especially if you can tell a personal story (for example that you liked visiting this museum, because ...or you tell where your city on a map of the region is, ...), as I would love to read experiences in other cities, that's almost like travelling :)

  • nature/plant postcards with nature from your region/country/holiday country

  • old postcards: anything older than some years, maybe 20 or 30 years or even older? A postcard you found somewhere and that was forgotten for years or from an old collection. Really any front side/kind is fine, nature, animals, ad cards, political campaign cards, ...

  • black & white postcards, especially old city views, old everyday photos of normal people, but just pretty ones and those with just one object coloured are nice, too

  • space postcards: especially with planets or moons, science fiction or real ones

  • interesting ad cards: local, regional ad cards, maybe from libraries, museums, restaurants (if it's a chain, please not from a big one!), local stores, local projects, local political campaigns, but please rather NOT ad cards from international companies/for international products!

  • postcards from local artists/with local art

  • funny/unusual/unique/handmade postcards

  • beautiful postcards :) Interestingly people on postcrossing who request just "beautiful postcards" actually get mostly "beautiful postcards" in my opinion, so a "beautiful postcard", seems to mean a very similar kind of postcard to most people.

  • colourful postcards with bright colours

  • snowman

  • Peanuts

  • just any postcard you want to sent: I'm sure you don't really buy/make postcards that you think are ugly, so it's not super probable that I would dislike them. Surprise me :)

I prefer postcards without an envelope, but if you think an envelope would be better to protect it (especially for handmade/unusual postcards that might get severely damaged in the mail)/pay lower postage (if it's an unusual shape)/want to write more on the backside/the swap requires it/..., you can also send it with an envelope, that's totally ok, too :)

Stamps: I don't really collect them, I just like that I can also decorate the space where the stamps are, by choosing nicer than the standard ones ;D For me stamps are just an extra sticker on the postcard. If you're from the USA: I would really love the Mars, Earth, Mercury and Venus stamps or the new bioluminescent ones :) (or any space related stamp, I also like the global forever ones showing the earth and the moon)


I'm not super fond of receiving quote postcards (on the front side, quotes on the back side are ok), of course that depends on the postcard, some I like, others not, but I rather don't like the majority of them so much. So, if you have another card you think I could like, just please rather send that one and save the quote postcard for another swapper :)

Writing ideas

If you don't know what to write, don't worry, I love to read really anything, no matter how random.

You could for example write about

  • what is most important to you
  • what you would choose if you had three wishes (except for more wishes)
  • what you see when you look out of your window
  • what you have eaten today
  • what you've planned for today
  • introduce you
  • which term you'd use to/how would you describe your ethical values
  • what Christmas/other holidays family traditions you have
  • if you have a religious belief (if it's not too personal I'd love to know, if yes why, if no why not)
  • what you hope humanity will be like in 500 years (and how you think it could be made possible)
  • what are your favourite dishes
  • what you always wanted as a child and maybe if you still want it
  • what your profession is and if you like it
  • if you would go to a one-way-mission to Mars and under which circumstances you would change your opinion
  • where/how you found this postcard
  • something about your family's history (where they where 100 years ago or anything you want to share)

I love to read really anything :)

I always love to get to know reasons, like for example why it is your favourite dish :) And I rather like details than general information. You might have noticed, I love hypothetical answers to hypothetical questions, feel free to be creative when inventing a question you give an answer to.

I also love to get to know different recipes with all ingredients except peas (or not so many peas at least :D). Especially family recipes, typical recipes from your region and vegetarian/vegan main dish recipes would be great :)

Feel free to write to me in English, German or Portuguese and maybe Spanish (you can try Spanish, I'd love that, but I can't promise to understand it completely :D). Or in any other language you know (but in that case with a translation please :)). I love to read different languages :)


USAFwife rated for R&W: The MOVIE was better! on Sep 27, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness, what a wonderful letter! After the kids had to read Pride & Prejudice last school year, we listened to it all together (and talked about it far too much), then after their test, we watched the Kiera Knightly version of the movie. It was ... ok. I don't like the story, overall, and I just can't stand Kiera Knightly, for some reason. I'm just not a Jane Austen person. haha! I did watch Interview with a Vampire, but never did read the book. Hmm, maybe I will now. :) Thanks so much for sharing all your thoughts! :)
Scuslidge rated for R&W: Book vs Movie on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Always fun to see what others think of the book/movie thing. I don't know if she still does, but Anne Rice used to have a house in New Orleans and when my husband and I visited that city, I took a picture of it. Lovely place in the garden district.
USAFwife rated for R&W: Book vs Movie on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: I have to agree with you about Pride & Prejudice - we listened to a really well done audiobook when my kids had to read the book for school and I did not enjoy it. AT all. Then we watched one of the movies and I I could enjoy it a bit more, but it's still not my type of book. Or movie. Most of the time, my family won't even agree to watch a movie with me if I've read the book - I keep 'correcting' the movie all through and they get rather annoyed! :)
KSENiA rated for R&W: EMAIL In August I read ... on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Great job! I read Midnight Sun and I gave it 4 stars. I can't wait to read Broken Throne!
Comment: I loved your email! The layout of it was cool too! You read a lot! I really liked your thoughts/reviews too! Have an awesome week :)
Comment: Hallo Ina, danke f├╝r deine Email :) Das Buch Khaos h├Ârt sich sehr interessant an. Werde es auch meine Wunschliste setzen. :) Happy September reading !
Response: Habe den Drachenmond Verlag erst k├╝rzlich entdeckt, aber da ein paar wirklich sch├Âne B├╝cher gefunden :) Und lese mich gerade durch den Stapel, den ich da bestellt habe. Den Plot von Khaos fand ich wie gesagt r├╝ckblickend so naja, aber durch den Schreibstil hat mir das Buch trotzdem sehr gut gefallen und war ein sch├Ânes Leseerlebnis. Noch etwas besser fand ich aber Animant Crumbs Staubchronik von der gleichen Autorin, ein bisschen wie Stolz und Vorurteil, mit weniger Orten, Charakteren, Plot, aber daf├╝r detaillierter in den einzelnen Situationen und einem Hauch von Steampunk. Und es spielt in einer Bibliothek, das fand ich traumhaft :) Und vom Drachenmond Verlag generell fand ich wahrscheinlich "Winter zerbrechlicher Fluch"(sehr d├╝stere, traurige, m├Ąrchenhafte Geschichte) und die "Von G├Âttern und Hexen" Serie bis jetzt am besten, spielt in einer Fantasiewelt und der Serientitel beschreibt das Thema gut. Da haben mir die Charaktere (unterschiedlich, nachvollziehbar, handeln im Kontext "realistisch"), die Welt und der Plot unglaublich gut gefallen, nur h├Ątte das Lektorat in Bezug auf Fl├╝chtigkeitsfehler besser sein m├╝ssen. Dir auch ein Happy September reading!
03Scarlett rated for August 2020: What Did you Read? on Sep 6, 2020
Comment: Hi Ina, Wow - I think that you read quite a lot for just in one month (I only read 6 books this month. lol) Thanks so much for sharing.
Response: Thank you for your rating! :) Well, I had holidays, so a bit more time :) I hope you still had great books last month and hope you find wonderful ones for September. Best wishes and happy reading!
junemoon rated for August 2020: What Did you Read? on Sep 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your list. I like these swaps becauseI hear about books and genres I didn't know existed. Happy reading.
Response: Thank you for your rating! :) Yes, the same for me, I always discover so many interesting books each months through them, sometimes even new ones for my to-read-list. Best wishes and happy reading!
chelle523 rated for R&W: In July I read ... on Aug 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and the goodies - they're perfect! No worries about the pug postcard - it's still perfectly usable and completely adorable! I do love the quote on the bookmark. As far as your books you read, I read "Dr. Jekyll" years ago, and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Too Much and Never Enough" are both on my to read list! And the Von Gottem and Hexen series sound very interesting! Thanks so much and happy reading!
Response: Thank you for your rating! I'm glad the letter arrived without problems and you liked it :) I hope you had a great August reading month! Yes, the series was really cool, I hope sometime it gets translated into English, that would be great, it had a really interesting world and characters. Best wishes and happy reading!
Loosefolia rated for July 2020: What Did You Read? on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing you July reading list with me. I'm really excited to pick up The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde now. I'm probably one of the blessed few who doesn't know how the story of this book goes (please, no spoilers)... I only know that this book is about a mad scientist? And I want to be a scientist, so yes please, a book about scientists! I'm also totally down for a bit of classic horror/thriller. Thank you for the review! I also have the Perks of Being a Wallflower on my reading list. I might just take the plunge and see how bad it is for myself someday... I'm still curious lol :")
Response: Thank you for the rating! :) I hope you have fun reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Yes, it's about a scientist, although the story is mostly told by someone else. I think it's also science fiction, but more so fantasy/horror, probably, so I hope you like it nevertheless :)Yes, without knowing spoilers, I think it would probably make a good thriller as well. Hope you had a great August reading month and happy reading for September!
Comment: Thanks very much for your thoughtful mailing - I like the Andromeda postcard and enjoyed your note, especially the part describing the stories behind the tickets you sent.Thanks also for the postage stamps used on the envelope and enclosed. My day was somewhat tiresome, but finding your swap in my mailbox after work was a wonderful pick-me-up!
Response: Thank you for your rating! :) I'm happy you liked receiving the swap! Best wishes!
junemoon rated for July 2020: What Did You Read? on Aug 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sending promptly and for your comments. I have just sent you a message in response to your email.
Response: Thank you for your rating and your message :) I will answer you there. Best wishes!
Comment: Thanks for sharing:) Kraniche und Klopfer klingt sehr interessant. Ich habe es auf meine Wunschliste gesetzt. Viele Gr├╝├če aus N├╝rnberg:)
Response: Thank you for your rating :) Das Buch hat einen ungew├Âhnlichen Schreibstil, der wahrscheinlich nicht jedem gef├Ąllt, aber mir pers├Ânlich hat er sehr gut gefallen. Und die Geschichte selbst fand ich auf jeden Fall lohnenswert, was ich gar nicht so erwartet h├Ątte, ich hatte es eher wegen des Schreibstils angefangen :D Wenn du es gelesen hast, kannst du ja schreiben, ob es dir gefallen hat :) Viele Gr├╝├če und alles Gute, bis zu einem n├Ąchsten Swap :)
USAFwife rated for R&W: EMAIL In July I read ... on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Looks like you read some good books. :) And I agree with you about the book about Trump - books like that are really hard to rate. Any time I read memoirs or biographies, books like that, it's really hard to figure out how to rate them. Educated, for example - it wasn't a fun, enjoyable story, but she told a really good story. Do I believe it's all completely accurate? No, but maybe it's how she remembers it, right? So books like that are hard for me to rate, as well. We've been debating about reading that book by Trump, but I'll take your review into consideration. :) Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thank you for your rating :) Thank you for mentioning "Educated", that book could interest me as well, on my to-read list now! For that Trump book I think it really depends on what you expect from the book, if you will find it worth it reading it or not. I read the goodreads reviews before and many described quite accurately, what to expect and what not to expect from this book, maybe they also help you decide on that topic :) I wish you lots of great reads in August, see you in the next book swap then! :D Best wishes!
USAFwife rated for R&W EMAIL In April I read ... on May 4, 2020
Comment: Looks like you found a few really good ones last month. :) I have the audio of Carmilla, I think it's narrated by David Tennent, but haven't tried it yet. Maybe I should put it higher on my list! :) Thanks for sharing your reading list. I hope you are doing well. :)
Comment: Thank you Ina for your list! It was very interesting, and I enjoyed reading your comments on these authors. Some of them are new to me, some others I knew, but haven't read anything from them yet (North and South has been on my radar for a while) and a couple were in my own list =) [Oh, and never mind the typo, I probably wouldn't have noticed] [Also, I always liked the German HP covers so much! thank you for the pictures, I don't think I had seen the ones of the last books before!]
ioana rated for R&W EMAIL In March I read ... on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for taking the time to send a detailed e-swap. I might look up those radio mysteries on Spotify, just for fun! You read a lot in a month! Have a good reading month and much health to you!
USAFwife rated for TBR: Read a classic with me on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: I'm sorry you didn't get to finish the book, but it sounds like you did enjoy it. I hope you are able to finish it soon and continue to enjoy it. :)
USAFwife rated for R&W In July & August I read ... on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a great swap. I enjoyed reading it. :)

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jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


USAFwife on Dec 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for the cute holiday card, and the handmade map envelopes! It was such a special envelope to receive, and I loved the stamps as well! You're a dear, and I'm so happy to know you. :) (Hugs)

Drachenfrau on Jun 6, 2018:

Huhu Ina,

bin gerade ├╝ber dein Profil gestolpert und habe es gelesen. :-) Wenn du Lust hast, ich hoste einen Harry Potter letter-swap. Vielleicht ist das was fuer dich?

Liebe Gruesse und happy swapping!


USAFwife on Mar 13, 2018:

Thank you so much for the space postcard to my daughter! She loved it & the surprise mail. :) Very sweet of you!

wombatlady on Feb 25, 2018:

Hi! Did you receive my second space postcard (in German) or should I send another? :-)

wombatlady on Jan 2, 2018:

Danke! Ich habe die Karte heute erhalten! Ich werde schreiben zurück. (zurückschreiben?? I am not sure...)

taxcha on Nov 23, 2017:

I received my card back today :D (for week 5) Thank you very much.

kathiann on Nov 7, 2017:

I got my postcard back today! Thank you for sending it!

athousandyears on Aug 5, 2017:


We hope everything is going well and that you're fine.


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